That Little Something is the superb eighteenth collection from one of America's most vital and honored poets, Charles Simic. Over the course of his singular career, Simic has won nearly every accolade including the Pulitzer Prize, and recently served as the poet laureate of the United States from 2007 to 2008. His wry humor and darkly illuminating ...
That Little Something is the superb eighteenth collection from one of America's most vital and honored poets, Charles Simic. Over the course of his singular career, Simic has won nearly every accolade including the Pulitzer Prize, and recently served as the poet laureate of the United States from 2007 to 2008. His wry humor and darkly illuminating vision are on full display here as he moves closer to the dark ironies of history and human experience. Simic understands the strange interplay between the ordinary and the odd, between reality and imagination. A profoundly stunning collection from "not only one of the most prolific but also one of the most distinctive, accessible, and enjoyable" (The New York Times Book Review) poetic voices.
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That Little Something is another landmark. Simic is so consistently absorbing that I wouldn't miss any of his books. This one is nicely got up - and it's a book to go back to repeatedly. I love his poem "To the Reader". Who wouldn't like to keep Simic company?
Publishers Weekly, 2008-03-17 In his 18th collection, Poet Laureate Simic's neat stanzas continue to deliver odd moments and unexplained memories, by turns surreal, horrifying, funny, sad, and spoken with this Pulitzer Prize winner's trademark friendly bemusement. The startling solemnity of a "Metaphysics Anonymous" meeting for addicts of "truth beyond appearances" in one poem meets, in another, a list of topics for a "late-night chat," including `How to guess time of night by listening to one's own heartbeat." The second of the book's four sections takes on a decidedly political tone, as in "Dance of the Macabre Mice," in which "the president smiles to himself; he loves war." Similarly, "Those Who Clean After" imagines what's "being done in our name" while the speaker listens to "the sounds of summer night." The final section groups short poems that Simic (My Noiseless Entourage) calls "Eternities"--each offers a preserved moment's thought or image: "Sewing room, linty daylight." While fans will find no stylistic surprises here, there is still the agreeable pathos in Simic's work, as in "To the Reader," which ends, "Bang your head / On your side of the wall / And keep me company." (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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